Jonathan McCully

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  1. Better yet, the same friend from church just gave me his old Delta 18-36 drum sander. Just needs a new conveyor belt and should work out really nicely for me. In the meantime, I finished milling the wood for the cutting boards at the table saw and got my first board glued up. Hoping I didn’t leave too much squeeze out but as I’ll be cross-Cutting and gluing up again to show end grain, I’m not sure it matters too much either.
  2. Would love to have both a drum sander and a band saw. Space is the biggest issue precluding both of those purchases currently. Just not enough room in my garage shop. That, and the fact that I’m frequently getting moved with the military and have a weight allotment... Great idea!
  3. That gave me a great idea. Have a woodworker friend from church with a drum sander. I'll ask him if he would allow me to run them through.
  4. Thanks for the heads up. I'll take as much time as I need as sanding is one of my least favorite parts of woodworking. I'm also realizing that I have very few "flat" surfaces in my shop. I think an upgrade from my first project, a garage shop workbench (complete with pegboard backing) is in order so that I have a truly flat surface in my shop.
  5. I pretty much use titebond III for everything. Need to get a bigger bottle of it for this project though. Thanks for the tip
  6. My next big project, after Christmas presents are done, is a trestle table as well, so I’ve really enjoyed watching you build yours. Planning a similar design but only planning for one leg on each end with a stretcher down the center
  7. My kids like to build with my cut-offs and I often use them for an extra set of hands during dry fitting. I want to build something with them, but don’t really want to build bird houses. Haven’t pulled out hammers for them yet and they’d probably wear my hearing protection if it wasn’t always on my head. Thankfully haven’t found the sharp objects yet. I’m pretty aware of putting sharp things away and unplugging tools when I’m not using them.
  8. Beautifully done. Love that you got your kids involved. I keep trying to find a way to get my kids involved with my projects without doing something dangerous.
  9. Alright, so I’m new to the whole project journal thing but thought I’d try my hand at it with a fairly simple project. I’m making 4 end grain cutting boards, 3 to give away for Christmas (my wife, my mom, and my mother-in-law) and another to either give away at an upcoming family reunion auction in the spring or to sell if I can find someone willing to pay a reasonable price for it. I’m following Marc’s video for my step by step but am designing it more based on one done by the guy on WWMM. Using 3 woods, walnut, hard maple, and cherry and this is actually my first foray into building with
  10. Looks great Kev. Love the use of a template with guide bushing for creating the dovetails.
  11. Bit late posting. Got back to milling my wood strips for my cutting boards yesterday and had much better success at the jointer without becoming frustrated that I was taking too much wood off to get the bows straightened out. I had been having some issue with this prompting a thread in the general forum. This is my first big project that I’ve done all my own milling on, so I’m still learning the technique and expectations, but I’m finding it to be so much more fun that buying presurfaced wood. Hopefully will be back at it again today with the same success.
  12. Thanks Chestnut, I appreciate you weighing in and I value your opinion. I was hoping that this would be the case. I don't really want to buy a 700 plus an extra adaptor, but also didn't want to regret purchasing a 500 down the road.
  13. So, I'm reviving this thread because I found I have another question. After doing some reading, it seems that quite a few woodworkers recommend purchasing the 700 and then buying an adaptor from Seneca in order to use the 500 bits in the 700. Are any of you familiar with this and if so, does it work out well and would you recommend doing it this way? I don't have specific projects in mind for this tool, but don't want to confine my ability to make both large and small projects with it.
  14. Built it a year ago. Was a prefabricated set. Just needed a refresher stain
  15. Stained my kids playset. Finishing is my least favorite part of woodworking and thus, I had been putting this off for quite a few months (and it was crazy hot in Texas). Bought my Earlexx HVLP primarily with this in mind, but now have a nice sprayer for future projects. Glad to have this done so I can get back into the shop this weekend.
  16. This is the step that I’m currently on. I’m trying to mill my wood in order to glue-up these strips. My problem is that when I’m taking the bow out of some of these strips, I’m left with an inconsistent thickness across the strip. If that doesn’t matter, then hallelujah, I haven’t messed up as much as I thought.
  17. Yes, I do understand that the shorter the boards, the less you will lose to the jointer. These boards are rough cut to around 41-42” and I want my cutting boards to be around 39” long in the end. Left the boards a bit long in rough dimensioning in order to remove any snipe that I might run into. I’m a bit confused by this comment Mick. I’m building these board similar to Marc’s end grain board so after final milling, I’ll glue them up across the long grain, then cut into strips and glue up with end grain showing. I’m not sure what you mean by only using 2” at a time. Are you takin
  18. Alright, so I did a rough milling if a stack of wood a couple of weeks ago in preparation for creating 4 end grain cutting boards for Christmas gifts. Went to start final milling today and found a 3/16-1/4” bow across the length of several of them. Began to joint then with the bow facing downward (two ends contacting the tables) and by the time I got the face flat, I had taken so much wood from the ends that my board was thinner on the ends than my desired final thickness. Trying to figure out if I’m doing something wrong or if that is the consequence of trying to flatten bowed wood.
  19. And no, I wasn’t planning to Plane it at the end, just run a random orbit over it to smooth it out. Would like everything to have consistent thickness before I begin glue-up
  20. I’ve been taking really shallow passes on the Jointer, could it have anything to do with this? Do I need to take aggressive cuts at the ends at the beginning and then raise the infeed for a shallower cut across the entire face?
  21. I have rough cut and rough milled numerous strips of wood for these end grain cutting boards that I’m making and am now starting to do final milling. I haven’t done a ton of milling in the past, so I’m just learning but even with rough cutting about 3” longer than my final length, I’m finding that taking cups of about 1/4” out of some of the boards are leaving them significantly shorter than I’d like them to be. I know I can make the cutting boards shorter in the end, but was wondering if any of you have any tips for this. Not really a snipe issue, but I seem to be taking quite a bit of woo
  22. Finishing up some end grain boards made with hard maple, walnut, and cherry for Christmas gifts. There are a million different food safe finishes on the market so was just looking for recommendations from the community. Would like something that I can buy a small bottle of, for not too much money, to give along with the board so that it can be periodically refreshed. Let me know what you guys think. Thanks!
  23. So, as the title says, I’m really considering purchasing a 500 but have some questions for those of you that use one. Do you use all of the different cutters or generally stick with one size? Is is worth it to purchase the $330 sustainer with multiple dominos sizes and all of the cutter sizes? Do you make your own dominos or just purchase them? If you make them, how do you go about doing that for reproducible results? Has anyone used the new connectors for knock down hardware? As someone who moves around quite a bit, the possibility of easy knock down furniture is intriguing. Appreciate y